Museveni: We Don’t Eat Politics
Uganda’s three-decade president Yoweri Museveni has said no one eats politics, urging that development be put ahead of politicking.
On Tuesday, Museveni attended the inauguration of Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.
MUSEVENI ON KENYA’S ‘PEACEFUL ELECTIONS’
He spoke at Kasarani Stadium, Nairobi, after Kenyatta and Ruto had taken oaths.
“On Uganda’s behalf I congratulate you upon holding a peaceful election and the victory,” said Museveni.
Scores were killed in clashes between security agencies and supporters of Kenyatta’s rival Raila Odinga in clashes between August and November.
Kenya also held two elections, first in August and a repeat poll last month.
The supreme court nullified the first poll over electoral malpractices.
Odinga boycotted the repeat poll.
MUSEVENI ON POLITICS
Museveni spoke about prioritising development over politics, saying no body eats politics.
“I urge Kenyans to remember about four things; peace, prosperity and development. Do not focus only on politics.”
In his inauguration address, Kenyatta emphasized Museveni’s message on politics and development.
KENYATTA AGREES WITH MUSEVENI ON POLITICS AND DEVELOPMENT
“As President Museveni has said, no one eats politics,” said Kenyatta.
“We have pursued politics as an end and not a means to an end. This must stop.”
President Kenyatta urged his countrymen to observe the rule of law, adding that the past electioneering months had tested the state’s institutions and found them firm.
KENYATTA PRAISES JUDICIARY
Kenyatta also praised the judiciary he once condemned for nullifying the August election results.
Chief Justice David Maraga attended Kenyatta’s inauguration.
“However serious our grievances are, the law must be our refugee and none of us should be outside the law. When the Supreme Court ruled to invalidate our election despite the win, we complied,” Kenyatta said.
“This has demonstrated that we must live by the rule of law, we expect nothing less from you the citizens. Today we can tell the world that our constitution is not a mere paper.”